Russian rappers Basta and Eldzhey, who performed in the occupied Crimea, are going to Odessa
Russian rapper Basta (Vasily Vakulenko), who performed in the occupied Crimea and was previously on the SBS's "blacklist", will return to Odesa on August 8 with a concert. Also performing in the city will be Russian hip-hop artist Eldzhey (Alexei Uzenyuk), who has been banned from entering Ukraine for three years since November 27, 2018, also through concerts on the peninsula.
This was reported on the page of the Odessa club Ibiza Beach Club on Instagram.
"If Basta is on stage, the calculation is 100% for those who appreciate. August 8 - Basta returns to Ibiza Beach Club," - was informed in the statement.
Eldzhey will perform on August 12 in this entertainment establishment in Odessa.
"He can light any party. August 12 - charismatic Eljay at Ibiza Beach Club," - was written in the post.
This is not the first time that the club announces performances by scandalous Ukrainian stars who regularly give concerts in Russia. So, on August 14 Svitlana Loboda will sing in the institution, and on July 24 - Ivan Dorn. On July 13, 2019, Maruv (Anna Korsun) performed at the club. Russian singers also perform there: Olena Temnikova, Jah Khalib (the concert is scheduled for July 31 this year), Artur Pirozhkov (Alexander Revva), Lesha Svik and others.
What is known
- During 2017-2020, Basta was one of those people who threaten the national security of Ukraine due to regular tours in occupied Crimea. As of May 2021, Vakulenko is no longer on this list. On June 25 and 26, 2021, the Russian rapper gave concerts at the Stereo Plaza in Kyiv. He arrived in the capital on May 3.
- On March 18, Verkhovna Rada deputy Oleksiy Honcharenko from the European Solidarity party asked for a ban on Vakulenko's entry.
- According to the "Peacemaker", since 2018, Eldzhei has been banned from entering Ukraine. In July 2020, at the time of Eljay's lawsuit against the ban, a video of his speech in the occupied Crimea was removed from YouTube. He spoke in Koktebel at the time, saying "Crimea is Russian territory in which Russia has historically invested a lot." The Kyiv District Administrative Court lifted the rapper's ban.